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Jumping Records - The Tall, Broad and Small of It   21st Jun 2013
Jumping Records - The Tall, Broad and Small of It
General Although when I’m in the saddle, I’m not a huge fan of jumping, I do enjoy watching it on TV or at a show. I usually end up with tired leg muscles as I ride every jump from my chair. I remember watching the Puissance competition at the Royal Winter Fair a few years ago, and being so impressed by a Hungarian rider who won. He rode his horse in a simple loose ring snaffle, with a plain cavesson and no martingale or tie-down of any type. He let his horse use its body without restriction, and the results were amazing. I don’t remember the exact height of the winning jump that day, but it was well over my head—and I’m close to six feet tall.
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Free Horse Vector Graphics #26 - Kelpie Sea Horse   21st Jun 2013
Free Horse Vector Graphics #26 - Kelpie Sea Horse
Graphics For week 26 we introduce the Kelpie Sea Horse Graphic. Use the Kelpie Sea Horse graphic for your horse sim games and RPG's! The CorelDRAW and Adobe Illustrator vector format have also been included. The only stipulation we have to these graphics is that you do not sell the graphics for monetary gain or include them in a downloadable library or distribution CD. Your welcome to use them for any other purpose, both personal or commercial.
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Lunging A Horse With A Pessoa
 by Kaori on 20th Jun 2013
Lunging A Horse With A Pessoa Horse Training  There are many different opinions on whether or not pessoas are acceptable training aids. Some see the positives that the pessoa can offer, and there are many horses around the world who have benefited from one. Others may see it as a way of forcing a horse into an unnatural outline, and to be fair, there are some horses with serious problems caused by a pessoa.
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Where To Find The Last Of The Wild Horses   19th Jun 2013
Where To Find The Last Of The Wild Horses
General Once upon a time, wild horses roamed the grassy plains of Asia, the Americas and areas of Europe. For the most part, they were small stocky, hardy, almost pony-like animals. Over time, they disappeared from the Americas, leaving only their fossilized remains as evidence of their existence. There are a few theories as to why this may have happened. Were they hunted to extinction or did a disease wipe them out? Experts speculate that horses in North America, like woolly mammoths in Europe were killed off by hunters.
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Who Is On My Horse   18th Jun 2013
Who Is On My Horse Who Is On My Horse Who Is On My Horse Who Is On My Horse
General Have you ever ripped the head off one doll to pop it onto another, or forced a puzzle piece to fit where it doesn't belong? We all know the feeling, looking at something so familiar; yet thinking ‘that doesn't look right’. That is the feeling I get when I see somebody else on my horse.

In a way, a horse and rider are like two puzzle pieces. Every rider will have horses they fit with and horses that they don’t, just like every horse will not fit with every rider. Sometimes a good rider on a good horse will produce poor results, while a more mediocre pair will fly to victory time and again. For the logical mind, this is baffling, but when a person looks at the bigger picture, equestrian sport is about so much more than the ability of the horse, or that of the rider. In the end, it’s the partnership between the two that matters.
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Fascinating Facts About Thoroughbreds   17th Jun 2013
Fascinating Facts About Thoroughbreds
General Whether running on the track or ambling down the trail, the Thoroughbred horse has many fans. Thoroughbreds have a long and interesting history. Here are a few fast facts about the Thoroughbred horse.

The Guinness Book of World Records lists the highest race speed was run by Winning Brew in 2008 at the Penn National Race Course, in Pennsylvania. Usually colts run faster than fillies, but this filly ran at a maximum speed of 43.97 mph (70.76 kmh). One of the most famous racehorses, Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes with a speed of 40.18mph
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Ponybox Featured Horse Graphics   17th Jun 2013
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Graphics Ponybox featured horse graphics is a weekly display of some of the best graphics and manips on Ponybox. Ponybox members include some of the most talented equestrian graphic artists. Want to see your graphics displayed here? Just submit your creative works to your Ponybox image album for consideration.
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My Girl With The Curl
 by Saferaphus on 16th Jun 2013
My Girl With The Curl General  Longfellow may have been writing about his baby daughter, who would not quietly go to sleep. But I too have a girl with a curl. My girl Trillium, is that girl with the curl, and truly, when she is good, she is good indeed. I can’t complain too much. She’s done everything I’ve asked her to, and I have a wall full of ribbons thanks to her. So perhaps she could be excused for a bad day on which she was horrid.
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The Bit Dictionary - Mouthpieces - Part 3 of 3   16th Jun 2013
The Bit Dictionary - Mouthpieces - Part 3 of 3
General This part of ‘The Bit Dictionary’ explores numerous common mouthpieces found in snaffle bits. Finding the correct mouthpiece, along with the correct action, is of the utmost importance to the horse’s comfort and performance. This list shows a number of options of mouthpieces commonly found in various snaffle bits.

While illegal for dressage, the Waterford is an invaluable tool in the jumping arena, or for early schooling in downhill horses that are particularly heavy on the hand and inclined to lean. The Waterford is composed of a number of links, thus making it flexible and difficult for a horse to lean on.
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Top Five Despicable Horse Training Practices   15th Jun 2013
Top Five Despicable Horse Training Practices
Horse Training Those of us who love horses don’t understand how anyone can hurt one. Why do trainers rely on methods that bring pain and distress to such a peaceful and willing animal as a horse? Maybe it’s ignorance—horses pay the price when we don’t know how to kindly and patiently teach. Perhaps it’s ego. Being able to control and terrorize such a large animal may make people feel powerful. Some people may feel they must win a prize or prove their worth and use any means to do that. Others may be motivated by money. The faster they train horses, the more money they will make, so they take shortcuts that get instant results without worrying about the long-term effects.
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Star Stable Introduces Friesian Horse   13th Jun 2013
Star Stable Introduces Friesian Horse
Equine Technology Star Stable, a 3D interactive MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-play game) has just announced its release of the Friesian horse breed. In Star Stable, the player rides their horse around the mystical island of Jorvik, a place where riders and their horses enjoy the tranquility of the stable and trails. Now is the perfect time to join Star Stable and get one of these beautiful new Friesians, as the Star Stable Team has recently released an update allowing players to own and ride more than one horse.
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I Wish I Never Rode A Horse   11th Jun 2013
I Wish I Never Rode A Horse
Horse Training Do you not know how to ride? I envy you. I wish I didn't know how to ride a horse. This may sound like a surprising statement from someone who loves horses, and has been riding for all of her life - even before she was born. My mother has always had horses, and I had my own pony by the time I was about five. Originally, tobacco was grown on my family’s farm. However, by the time I was about ten, my father quit the hard life of the tobacco grower. We had pastureland, and a large barn. So, to help pay for her own horses’ hay, my mother took in a few boarders. Then she took on a few more. Then she started giving lessons. My sister
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The Bit Dictionary - Snaffles - Part 2 of 3   10th Jun 2013
The Bit Dictionary - Snaffles - Part 2 of 3
General The following is a list of various popular snaffles, how they work, and for what purpose they are best used. This article explored only the sides of the bits, and not the mouthpieces. The action of any bit becomes very different based on what mouthpiece is used. Read on in the next ‘Bit Dictionary’ article to find out more about what mouthpiece to select for your horse.
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Horse Phenomena Freshens Up Gameplay   9th Jun 2013
Horse Phenomena Freshens Up Gameplay
Equine Technology Horse Phenomena was originally created to be a “throwback” to the style of the original Horseland website before it underwent major changes that caused a lot of player unrest. The sim itself is based on a commonly used animal sim gameplay idea—the point system. The basic idea behind this type of sim is as follows: the owner of animals (horses and dogs are popular in sims like this) can enter their barns or kennels in “shows”, which in turn grant the entrant a certain number of points based on how they perform in the show.
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Where to Find Free Horse Books
 by Saferaphus on 8th Jun 2013
Where to Find Free Horse Books General  I love horses. I love books. So I really love the combination of horses and books. While libraries and bookstores are the logical places to find horse books, there are lots of horse books on the Internet as well. In fact, there are many free horse books, both fiction and non-fiction for you to choose from.
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Making a Personalized and Informative Stall Card   7th Jun 2013
Making a Personalized and Informative Stall Card
Graphics When going to a show you will need a stall card so others can have need-to-know information that will help in an emergency. Also, they can look pretty darn cool. You will want to have some records of your horse. Such as a negative coggins and extra copies, registration papers, certificate of veterinary inspection (you MUST have this if you leave the state), and proof of ownership/lease. I would recommend keeping a copy of the negative coggins with the stall card, printed on the back side or in the protective sleeve with it.
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The Bit Dictionary - Introduction - Part 1 of 3   5th Jun 2013
The Bit Dictionary - Introduction - Part 1 of 3
General When it comes to bitting, you always want to go with the softest option possible. A horse’s mouth is extremely important, and you want to keep it soft so that you have a clear connection with your horse, and can use light, subtle aids. Anybody who has once ridden a school pony can probably tell you how unpleasant a horse with a hard mouth is to ride. They lean, they pull, they tug, and the only way you can get any sort of command through to them is by hauling on their poor mouths until you rip their back teeth out. With a hard mouth, there is no degree of subtlety. But when riding a horse with a soft, unspoiled mouth, you’ll feel the animal move like butter in your fingers, responding to the lightest touch.
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What Every Good Horse or Pony Should Know
 by Saferaphus on 4th Jun 2013
What Every Good Horse or Pony Should Know Horse Training  A lot of people don’t worry if their horses or ponies don’t load well. Many think that if they don’t show, or ride in places requiring traveling by truck and trailer, it doesn't matter if their horses load easily or not. However, just because you’re not headed to a show every weekend, or you don’t trail ride in areas that you can’t access from your own property, doesn't mean your horse shouldn't know how to step quietly on a trailer. Many owners, in the face of an emergency, have learned this the hard way.
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What Color Ribbon Will You Win   3rd Jun 2013
What Color Ribbon Will You Win
Shows and Events When I was very little, my favorite color was blue. I liked blue clothing, my bedroom was blue and when my mother bought my sister and I aprons to wear when we helped in the kitchen, I was angry because she gave my sister a blue one and gave a red one to me. I was absolutely devastated when I learned that in Canada, where I live, first place horse show ribbons are red, and not blue. Who wants a red ribbon? I wanted to win blue ones!

Over the years, I've won almost every colored ribbon it’s possible to win. The first show I took Trillium to
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Ponybox Featured Horse Graphics   2nd Jun 2013
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Graphics Ponybox featured horse graphics is a weekly display of some of the best graphics and manips on Ponybox. Ponybox members include some of the most talented equestrian graphic artists. Want to see your graphics displayed here? Just submit your creative works to your Ponybox image album for consideration.
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My Horse and Eight Others Die in Tragic Barn Fire   1st Jun 2013
My Horse and Eight Others Die in Tragic Barn Fire
Horse Stories My horse Phoenix was a barrel horse I got from Fallon Taylor. My story with my pride and joy came to a close on April 26, 2013. The day before was a beautiful day and it was warm enough that I didn't even have to wear a jacket. The sun was shinning strong and little did I know that was the last day I would ever see my beloved horse Phoenix. My last day with Phoenix was a typical and uneventful day. I did all the chores in the morning and then turned all the horses out except for Phoenix. I didn't want Phoenix in his pasture that afternoon due to some maintenance required on the fence.

I came back in the evening to do chores and help my younger nephew clean his ponies stall, then I
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Are You a Horseless Rider
 by Saferaphus on 31st May 2013
Are You a Horseless Rider General  Whether your parents won’t agree to buy you a horse, or your situation in life changes, and you can no longer keep your own horse, you may find yourself a horseless rider. That’s not a healthy state for many riders and despite not owning a horse, you probably will need and want to keep riding. Here are some tips on how you can continue to be a rider, without actually owning a horse.
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When Your Horse Talks Do You Listen   29th May 2013
When Your Horse Talks Do You Listen
Horse Training Who hasn't heard of a horse whisper? They’re those mystical trainers who can lift an eyebrow, shake a finger or twirl a rope and transform a horse from unruly and wild to docile and willing. However, the fact is, when we’re solving training problems, it’s often more important to start out as a horse listener, than a horse whisperer. Here’s one example of why we need to start listening when our horse is talking.

It’s not uncommon for horses to chew the bit. However, this isn't acceptable to most riders and certainly isn't going to win any points in the
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How Old are You in Horse Years   28th May 2013
How Old are You in Horse Years
General A horse’s average lifespan is around 28 years. A human’s average lifespan in North America is around 77 years. Horse’s don't live as long as humans. And, they age at very different rates, making it difficult to compare horse years to human years. Even in infancy, horses are quite different from humans. Horses can run within hours of birth, but of course humans start walking around their first birthday. So the first year of a foal’s life is equivalent to the first six or seven years of a child’s life. Even then, a yearling can feed itself, recognize danger and socialize well with its herd mates, which may not be something a young child can do.
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Retraining a Racehorse - Moonfire (Week 1) I am going to type up, in detail, all my experiences with retraining Moonfire. I'm going to tell you what I did and when, what the results were, what my thoughts were, what Moonfire's progression is and so on. I hope to . . .
27 - 28 July Eventing Show - Part One I had two mounts at this show: My own horse, Finola, doing her first 90cm event, and a client’s horse, Pride, in her second event at 70cm. Pride is a five year old mare, Appaloosa cross Warmblood, who I have been tra . . .
National Junior Championships – Part Two This was our first day competing, and our third day at the championships. Finola, of course, was still not starting to compete, since she came only for the jumping. As such, this was Bronze’s moment, and all attention wa . . .
The Impossible - The Story of Choc - Part 2 When I got to Choc, she seemed relatively unscathed. There was barely a mark on her elbow, just one little cut, and yet she could barely put weight on it when she walked. The vet had been already, and said to monitor her . . .
Saddle Up Series - Understanding Your Horse's Back - Part Four As mentioned before, back pain in horses is shockingly common; in fact most horses – even the soundest of them – are likely to be experiencing at least a small degree of back pain simply from the strain of hard work. The . . .
The Eventers Dictionary - Part 2 Since the beginning of time, there has always been a certain communication barrier between horses and humans, mostly due to our unfortunate inability to learn to speak their language. This dictionary serves to break down . . .
Your Horse - Partner or Problem The question I pose to you today is a sensitive one, but one that all of us will inevitably face at some point in our riding careers: when is it okay to quit? Those of you who know me will know that I’m a firm believe . . .
Top Ten Reasons Why Being a Horse Would Totally Rule 1. Abundance of carrots means super night vision. 2. Stepping on feet calls for a far more colourful reaction from the victim. 3. No chance of icky vomiting, even while suffering from flu or catchi . . .
The Impossible - The Story of Choc - Part 3 To me, putting Choc down was never an option. For a horse so full of life, and so eager and ready to take on her next challenge and fight to keep living, it would just be wrong to take away that chance. This, of course, . . .
Top Twenty Reasons To Ride A Horse Even though an infinite amount of reasons exist to ride a horse, I reduced this down to the top twenty reasons to ride a horse, as opposed to a dinosaur, flying saucer, or tap dancing polar bear. #20 - A horse will al . . .
 
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